- . . . on the publication of your two books, *Mr. Baggins,* and *Return to
Bag End.* ---djb
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From: "John D Rateliff" <sacnoth@...>
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 2:23 PM
Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Re: Mystical Realms Newsletter for October, 2007
Thanks Jef; knowing it was in the Birzer book --which I have but have
not yet read-- is enough; I'll slip a note into the book reminding me
of the fact and be on the lookout for it when I do get around to
Again, thanks for the follow-up. It's an interesting idea, and I
want to see how good a case Prof. Birzer makes for it.
On Oct 16, 2007, at 7:01 AM, Jef Murray wrote:
> I am reasonably sure that my comments about
> Tolkien's elves being modeled, in part, after the
> Benedictines was mentioned by Professor Bradley J.
> Birzer in his "J. R. R. Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth:
> Understanding Middle-earth". In that book, as I
> recall, Prof. Birzer suggests that the Benedictines
> provided a model for the elves that would have been
> very familiar to Tolkien, and that the liturgical
> chanting of the Benedictines may have served as a
> model for the prominently-featured singing of the
> I don't recollect without the book in my hands
> whether or not his comments were derived from JRRT's
> letters, but I should be able to find out. Will see
> about coming up with a page reference for you....
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